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    My favorite type of pheasant hunting. Follow a...

    My favorite type of pheasant hunting. Follow a deer trail and have a dog that likes to push their way through.
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    Same here. The 870 for late season.

    Same here. The 870 for late season.
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    Sounds like he had it as a spare for his.

    Sounds like he had it as a spare for his.
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    Or more commonly, a youngster.

    Or more commonly, a youngster.
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    I have the ability to be both, as the situation...

    I have the ability to be both, as the situation warrants.
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    That’s a little different than just showing up,...

    That’s a little different than just showing up, asking what can you help with in exchange for hunting. The term “locals” is a little different than “someone off the street”. I doubt any farmer or...
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    So which part of your description of the “farming...

    So which part of your description of the “farming lifestyle” differs from any other lifestyle ?
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    Wow, that’s all I can say. Wow.

    Wow, that’s all I can say. Wow.
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    Folks on here talk about helping out the farmer,...

    Folks on here talk about helping out the farmer, good deal if it works for them I guess. Myself I can’t think of a job I would trust someone off the street to help with, much less do. Picking up...
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    Know how to ask.

    Some folks just get themselves crossways right off the start. This is a dialog from a phone call this morning, 7:30.

    Phone rings

    McFarmer : hello.

    Hunter: do you own land on the west side of...
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    Hardly any corn out, beans around here maybe 50%....

    Hardly any corn out, beans around here maybe 50%.

    Haven’t seen many birds. Clay county.
  12. Thread: Iowa Huns

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    Driving the combine east of Spencer and saw more...

    Driving the combine east of Spencer and saw more partridge than I've seen my whole life. Saw maybe 20 or more.

    Odd, all in various CRP fields.
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    I got an 1100 12 ga this year, might stop...

    I got an 1100 12 ga this year, might stop carrying the model 11.
  14. Thread: Iowa Huns

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    NW Iowa, seldom see more than one or two at a...

    NW Iowa, seldom see more than one or two at a time. I don’t hunt them.
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    Just got a Browning Double Auto. It might be my...

    Just got a Browning Double Auto. It might be my favorite pheasant gun this fall.
  16. Thread: First broods

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    I cut hay this week. I always take first cutting...

    I cut hay this week. I always take first cutting mid July to allow the hatches to take place, all species. Quality suffers more than quantity in the hay, but grass is more forgiving. I was...
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    Many acres of corn and soybeans have not been...

    Many acres of corn and soybeans have not been able to be planted due to the wet weather. As part of the federal crop insurance program the farmer can, after a certain date, elect not to plant and...
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    Harvest of cover crops allowed Sept 1

    The USDA has decided to allow harvesting of cover crops beginning September first. This would be on prevent planted land.

    Hope none of us planned on some hunting cover this fall. I donít know how...
  19. Thread: First broods

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    First broods

    Saw my first brood the other day. Weather for hatch seems good, haying will be delayed and that might result in some more hatches.
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    What is the world coming to when it’s too wet to...

    What is the world coming to when it’s too wet to do anything in South Dakota.

    Here in NW Iowa I have had three full days to work. Otherwise it’s been a morning here, an afternoon there. Can’t get...
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    I have many pheasant hunting friends that kill...

    I have many pheasant hunting friends that kill coyotes when ever they can thinking they are helping the birds. I've never been convinced.
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    All very true. However, I’d like to see an...

    All very true.

    However, I’d like to see an autonomous tractor work the fields I’ve worked this year. With all the rain I use the decades of knowing where I can go and when to get a field done.
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    This weather doesn’t straighten out the hatch is...

    This weather doesn’t straighten out the hatch is going to be very disappointing. I think the hen can keep the eggs viable in this weather but once they hatch there’s not much she can do.

    Hatch in...
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    So dumb farmers ? Maybe I don’t understand.

    So dumb farmers ? Maybe I don’t understand.
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    I destroyed some brome CRP last summer and got...

    I destroyed some brome CRP last summer and got some native grass into it with a winter dormant seeding. Starting to see some grass shoots and now we got this snow.

    Hopefully it didn’t get too...
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